About the Match
Two of the strongest teams this season, the Brisbane Heat and the Melbourne Renegades, will play each other in this match. Both the teams started off with wins and will be happy at the form some of their players have shown. Which team will take an early lead and establish itself as the team to beat in this competition?
The Melbourne Renegades were never really run close by the Hobart Hurricanes and that is something that would make everyone else in the competition nervous. The BBL has traditionally been a very tightly fought league where teams have struggled to dominate others.
The new and improved Melbourne Renegades, though, are showing that they are going to be very hard to beat this season. Aaron Finch has been the backbone of the Renegades batting lineup for a long time now but he did not contribute to the win at all, getting out second ball.
Cameron White with an unbeaten 79, Marcus Harris with 50 and a cameo from Brad Hodge in the end showcased the batting strength that the Renegades possess this season. In fact, there were still Dawyne Bravo, Tim Ludeman, Mohammad Nabi, and Jack Wildermuth still to come, all of whom are very good with the bat.
Essentially, the Melbourne Renegades have a batting lineup that is stretching till number 9 and so all of their batsmen can play aggressively without worrying about keeping their wickets intact. This is the BBL 07’s most dangerous batting unit.
Their bowling though is still a little questionable. The Renegades lost the services of Sunil Narine, their highest wicket-taker from last year, and even though they added Mohammad Nabi, he is not even close to being at the same level as Narine. Jon Holland could get a run down the line if Nabi does not perform too well.
Kane Richardson, another acquisition for this year, is an excellent death bowler and Dwayne Bravo is easily one of the best in the world when it comes to T20 cricket. Bravo utilized a wide variety of slower balls to pick up five wickets in his first game and should be a front-runner to be the highest wicket taker in this tournament.
Wildermuth looked a little pedestrian in his opening match and Brad Hogg went for plenty as well. Overall, it is not the worst bowling attack but one that could be put under a little pressure.
The first question that anyone asks about the Brisbane Heat is whether Chris Lynn is fit and the answer to that is we don’t know yet. He has been named in the 13 man squad for the match but a final decision will be taken on the morning of the match itself.
We are not hopeful of seeing Lynn on the field because the Heat would not want to risk a worsening of the injury so soon after he pulled out of the first match.
Compounding the problems further for Brisbane Heat is the injury to Joe Burns which will cause him to miss this match as well. Burns was in excellent touch in the opening match and scored a crucial 50. It was him and Alex Ross that pulled the Heat to a competitive total which eventually led them to victory.
With Joe Burns out, Alex Ross and even Ben Cutting who cleared the boundary with ridiculous ease are going to be very important to Brisbane’s chances.
Brendon McCullum played a typically aggressive knock of 40 and Lynn or no Lynn, he will play the same way. We also feel that his captaincy will be a big asset for the Brisbane Heat in this year’s competition. He is going to use Shadab Khan and Mitchel Swepson in an aggressive manner looking for wickets all the time.
The young Pakistani leg-spinner went for plenty of runs in the opening match but picked up two crucial wickets as well. He is going to be the mainstay of this bowling attack once again. Josh Lalor and Steketee also bowled well but Doggett and Ben Cutting will have to improve their performances in the upcoming matches.
Marnus Lambuschagne has been added to the squad as potential cover for Joe Burns.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch at the Docklands stadium has traditionally been very batsman friendly and the small side boundaries will also encourage the big hitters. The weather is expected to clear for the match and we should have a high scoring contest on our hands.
We are backing the teams to hit scores of 180-200 in this match.
The head to head between the Melbourne Renegades and the Brisbane Heat stands at 5-2 in favor of the Renegades. AT the DOckalnds stadium, this record is slightly more even at 3-2. Keeping the strength of the Renegades and the injury problems that the Heat are suffering from, we have to pick the Melbourne Renegades for this one.
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